The Telegraph reported last week that Paulo Fonseca has struck an agreement in principle to become the new Tottenham manager.
Fonseca will sign a two-year deal, with the option to extend for a further year.
It means that he and Jose Mourinho will effectively swap jobs, with the former Spurs boss having taken over at Roma.
But the length of the deal Fonseca will reportedly sign raises some question marks.
A two-year deal doesn’t exactly hint at much evidence of planning for the long-term at Spurs.
It also indicates that Daniel Levy doesn’t want to have to suffer another expensive payout if his latest managerial appointment doesn’t work out.
Would Antonio Conte have agreed to only a two-year deal in north London?
You really wouldn’t think so, and that already means that Fonseca isn’t starting on the same footing the former Chelsea boss would have done.
Will Fonseca get time?
The length of the contract suggests Levy isn’t exactly backing Fonseca to oversee a long-term, serene rebuild.
Perhaps he’s viewed as the best man Spurs can get right now before reviewing the situation in a year’s time.
If by then, another candidate that Levy prefers comes available, he’ll only have a year of Fonseca’s contract to pay up.
But Tottenham need stability and ambition under a manager who’s going to stick around, and it’s not exactly clear that Fonseca will be that man.
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